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Dr Kelsey Sasaki

Roles and subjects

Junior Research Fellow in Linguistics



Academic Background

I received my BA in Linguistics with a minor in Irish Studies from New York University in 2014. I did my doctoral studies at University of California, Santa Cruz, completing my PhD in 2021.

In addition to holding a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College, I am a John Fell Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Linguistics.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching

Pragmatics and psycholinguistics.

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the areas of pragmatics, psycholinguistics, and semantics. I take an experimentally and theoretically informed approach to understanding how narrative discourse is comprehended and represented in memory, merging insights from formal pragmatics and psychological theories of narrative comprehension.

I am also a linguistic fieldworker. During my doctoral studies, I began working with speakers of Santiago Laxopa Zapotec, an indigenous language of Oaxaca, Mexico. In collaboration with these speakers and with UC Santa Cruz linguists, I have worked on a wide range of projects, including ongoing research on the comprehension of relative clauses and public education both in and about Santiago Laxopa Zapotec.


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